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Panel Discussion:
Women in Engineering

What does a career in science and engineering have in store for young women currently studying the field? What advice can be drawn from the experiences and career paths of successful Lehigh women who've come before you?

Join the Lehigh Women Engineers to hear directly from women faculty and alumni and participate in a lively discussion about the myths and changing realities for women in the engineering workforce.

Tuesday, November 11, 4:10-5:30pm
101 Packard Lab (reception immediately following in lobby on 3rd floor)

Confirmed panelists include:

Hannah Dailey

Hannah Dailey, Ph.D. is an experienced biomechanics research engineer and is currently an adjunct professor in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics here at Lehigh University. Before joining the department, she was a postdoctoral research engineer in the Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) at the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork, Ireland. Within this multidisciplinary academic and clinical research cluster, she was responsible for driving the technological development of a novel orthopedic trauma implant called the Flexible Axial Stimulation (FAST) Intramedullary Nail.

Dr. Dailey oversaw all aspects of this project from conceptual ideation through a large-animal preclinical study and now serves as Chief Scientific Officer for OrthoXel, Ltd., the startup company that will commercialize the FAST Nail product pipeline. Prior to her time overseas, Dr. Dailey earned her MS and PhD degrees from Lehigh University in 2006 and 2009 with research focused on respiratory biomechanics and the mechanics of biological cells. Her early career included a position at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in West Bethesda, MD, where she worked on computational fluid dynamics simulations of submarines.

Chen LEE

Chen grew up in Honolulu, HI, and wanted to explore the East Coast for college. Chen received her BS degree in Civil Engineering and Integrated Business and Engineering from Lehigh University in 2010. She earned an online MSE degree in Engineering Management and Leadership from Purdue University, and a certificate in Global Management from Thunderbird University in 2013.

Chen started her career with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company in June 2010 in the Project Management Division in Fairfax, VA, as a Methods Engineer and developed cost engineering models for instrumentation and control systems. In May 2012 she became the Engineering Lead for the Estimating Toolkit Project where she drove the technical vision, design and implementation to modernize a legacy estimating tool into a more capable and powerful estimating tool. She transitioned into a Cost Engineer role in June 2013 and developed directs and indirects cost estimates for a Lubes Expansion Project in Singapore and for a Diesel Expansion Project in Baytown, Texas.

In April 2014, Chen relocated to Houston, TX, to assume her current position as the Business Services Coordinator for the North American Growth Venture (>$5G scope) which includes an Olefins Recovery Plant (Baytown, TX) and Plastics Plant (Mont Belvieu, TX). In this role Chen performs project controls engineering for the Site Services scope of work and oversees the onboarding of staff contractors.
Chen is an active member of the ExxonMobil Lehigh Recruiting Team, Women's Interest Network, Asian Connection for Excellence, and New Hire Orientation Team. She is also involved in the Houston Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineer.

Elizabeth Schaub

Elizabeth Schaub is the Manager of the Operations Excellence team within Global Operations at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Operations Excellence focuses on providing timely Operations feedback into new bids, products and projects as they are being developed and improving the use of data to optimize Reliability, Total Cost of Ownership, the development and deployment of Best Practices, and minimizing the Cost of Non-Conformance in the operating fleet.

Ms. Schaub joined Air Products as a participant in the Career Development Program and rotated through three diverse process engineering assignments before taking a role in Advanced Process Controls, traveling extensively to ASU plants implementing control and efficiency programs. Ms. Schaub rejoined process engineering developing pilot and commercial scale demonstrations of several syngas reaction technologies before taking a role in ASU Technology Management. In 1999, she became the Electronics Process Engineering Manager, during which time the team was responding to rapid growth in the Electronics market. From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Schaub was the Manager of the Process, Controls, Systems and Machinery Engineering for Large Air Separation as well as Generated Gases Product Supply Teams in America. She was selected as the Energy Engineering Manager where her role was to lead the technical engineering efforts supporting a broad portfolio including gasification, membranes, cogeneration and energy from waste. Her next role was to manage the Americas Cryo Systems Engineering Team, which bids and executes projects related to Air Separation, Helium and Hydrocarbon Cryogenic technologies. She was also the Global Product Manager within Cryo Systems accountable for Product Development and Product Sustaining Engineering. Ms Schaub was also selected to be a member of a Safety Culture assessment team.

Ms. Schaub has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College and a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and has been trained in Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma. Ms. Schaub volunteers as an Industry Advisor for the Manhattan College Chemical Engineering department and as a recruiter for Air Products. She also volunteers as a CDP/Intern Coordinator and works closely with Air Products University Relations on strategies and tactics related to engineering talent.

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor is currently Vice President of the Johnson & Johnson production system, where she and her team are undertaking the standardization of the manufacturing business process and practices across Johnson and Johnson.  Across her 27 year career with J&J, Kathleen has held a variety of roles in both the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Sectors. 

Starting her career as a 3rd shift manufacturing supervisor for Ethicon Inc., in Somerville, NJ, she immediately connected with the variety of challenges and opportunities that working in manufacturing presented.  From there she has held roles of increasing responsibility, moving throughout the United States, and working in Mexico and Switzerland.  Most recently she was VP of the Chemical API Global Platform with responsibility for the six Janssen chemical sites across NA, Europe, and Australia.  Previous to that she held roles of increasing responsibility in General Management, Plant Management, and Engineering.


Kathleen graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.